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Today on Context Florida: Congressional dartboard, infant mortality and bleeding freely

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Today on Context Florida:

Bob Sparks says the dartboard known as the draft Florida congressional district maps is receiving the kind of comments and attacks one might expect. Some are happy, but others fall into the range of sad and outraged. In the end, few new faces are likely to join the Congressional Club in 2017.

The infant mortality rate — defined as the death of an infant in the first year of life per 1,000 births — is what Marc Yacht calls a bellwether statistic.  A nation’s quality of health care as well as the overall wellbeing of citizens can be deduced from this statistic. On average, 6.9 Florida babies will die per 1,000 in the first year of life.  Afro-Americans suffer a 10.5 death rate and white non-Hispanic 5.2.  The U.S. rate for deaths is 6.1 overall — 5.0 for white non-Hispanics and 11.2 for Afro-Americans.

Catherine Durkin Robinson asks why enlightened, educated American women feel ashamed when they menstruate. Runner Kiran Gandhi took bravery to a completely new level. The night before she ran the London Marathon, her first, Gandhi got her period. She had a choice to make – use a tampon and deal with the uncomfortable clogged-up feeling, worrying about a leak for over 26 miles, or bleed freely. Gandhi chose to bleed.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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